The Father of the Mazda Miata Talks About his Creation

Check out why Bob Hall was an absolute genius and true car guy.

Back in the early 1980s, automotive journalist Bob Hall presented a sketch of a two-seat convertible to some Mazda executives. His idea was a modern iteration of the classic British roadster – only one that didn’t leak oil or potentially catch on fire due to faulty electrics. No, this proposed car would have Japanese build and engineering quality while providing a pure driving experience. That car became the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and those executives were so impressed by Hall’s proposal they hired him to be a part of the car’s development team.

It didn’t hurt that he also spoke fluent Japanese. And after more than 30 years since his initial idea (and nearly a million examples sold), the fourth-generation MX-5 has just been revealed. Check out this video featuring Hall discuss Miata heritage at Mazda Race Laguna Seca. Remember, if it wasn’t for him, there’d be no MX-5 Miata.

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